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These are the Best Apple Watch Bands and Cases to buy in 2022

These are the Best Apple Watch Bands and Cases to buy in 2022

Without a doubt, the Apple Watch is one of the best smartwatches out there. Of course, only if you have an iPhone that is. The Galaxy Watch 5 which was recently launched with the latest version of WearOS and added features looks like a strong competitor on the Android side of things. The Apple Watch offers a rich set of features for fitness enthusiasts as well as some life-saving features like fall detection and the ability to notify users of irregular heartbeats. Apart from being a smart companion on your wrist, the Apple Watch is also an accessory that adds to your style statement. It’s important to pair the right kind of band with your Apple Watch depending on the occasion. Here are some of the best Apple Watch bands for every occasion to match your style.

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Speaking of style, Apple recently announced watchOS 9 for the Apple Watch Series 4 and above, which includes some new watch faces and a host of new features. You can check out our watchOS 9 hands-on to know more about it.

Apple Watch Strap Size and Compatibility

Also, before we get started, note all the straps we mention below are compatible from the oldest to the newest Apple Watch, and all the bands have both sizing options — 38/40/41mm and 42/44/45mm — so choose the right one based on the size of your Apple Watch. If you’ve got the new Series 7 Apple Watch, note that the 38/40mm bands also fit the 41mm variant while the 42/44mm bands fit the 45mm variant.

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Best Apple Watch Bands

These bands will help you get a comfortable fit or change the look of your Apple Watch for various occasions!

Simple Silicone and Rubber Bands

These bands are similar to the default Apple Watch sports band that you can get with the Apple Watch. They’re good for working out or just for casual use on a daily basis.

    Simple and original

    This is the silicone strap that comes by default with an Apple Watch so if you misplaced yours or you just want a different color, you can get one more. This is also a good default option if you want something simple and reliable as it's straight from Apple.

    Rugged case and band

    If you're a fan of rugged protection and aggressive looks, the Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro is for you. It provides a great deal of protection for your Apple Watch since it's also a case and the band is also durable.

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    Comfortable at all times

    This nylon sports loop from Apple is one of the most comfortable bands for all occasions. It comes in a variety of colours to suit your style. You can wear it while working out or just when you're out and about and it stays secure on your wrist.

    Sweat-proof

    UAG is known for making quality accessories, and this Silicone Band for the Apple Watch is no different. It's great for workouts, sports, and other activities in which you are likely to sweat a lot. The band also features a stainless steel buckle and textured inside.

    Nike sports band replacement

    Nike+ editions of the Apple Watch come with a strap that's great for performing activities and workouts. If you have a standard Apple Watch, this strap is a great alternative to the one that comes by default with the Nike+ edition, but at a fraction of the price.

    Great deal of variety

    If you like Apple's default silicone strap and you want multiple colors for the price of one official band from Apple, this is the perfect option. You get a pack of ten bands so you can choose whichever color you like for different occasions and outfits.

Leather Bands

Leather bands and straps are classy and have a very professional look. They’re a great fit for casual outings and gatherings and can also go well with your work attire.

    Elegant with a vintage look

    This band or strap is for those looking for a vintage and retro look. The strap is made of genuine leather and adds a touch of elegance to the Apple Watch. If you're a fan of leather, you can't miss this one.

    One more for formal use

    Just like the metallic band we mentioned earlier, this magnetic link strap also goes great with formal outfits and blends well in office environments. It looks stylish and the size adjustment mechanism is also simple with just magnets.

    Another one for Retro lovers

    This is another leather strap for all of you who like the vintage and retro look. Spigen is known to make quality accessories and this strap is no exception. If you want a leather strap, you can't go wrong with this one.

    Durable and stylish

    The Mifa Leather Band looks stylish and is handmade with genuine leather. It features an anodized black stainless steel clasp and is available in three colors — Black, Brown, and Oyster.

    Simple and classy

    This is a classic leather strap that gives the Apple Watch a traditional look that you would get with a mechanical watch and a leather band. It looks simple and will suit most people.

    Great for women

    Here's a leather strap suited for women. It's quite thin and attaches via a metallic buckle giving it a vintage look. It's also available in a variety of colors. Looks stylish and classy at the same time.

Metallic Bands

If you want to try something different that conventional-looking bands, metallic straps are the way to go since they completely change the look of your watch.

    For a formal look or attire

    This stainless steel strap is best suited with a formal outfit or a tuxedo. It makes the Apple Watch look like a conventional watch too so if you're into that kind of thing, this is a good option for you.

    Simple, yet elegant

    The Milanese loop is one of Apple's best-looking bands for the Apple Watch but again, buying the official one can be an expensive affair. This is a cheaper alternative that looks identical.

    Apple Link Bracelet alternative

    If you like the Apple Link Bracelet, but want something affordable, the Kades Link Bracelet is an excellent alternative. It only costs a fraction of the Apple Link Bracelet and is still decent quality.

    Gold all the way!

    This one's clearly for those who would love to give a completely golden makeover to their Apple Watch. There's a metallic band and a case that's gold in this combo.

    Silver plus rose gold

    This is a metallic strap with a dual color scheme. It has silver links with rose gold running in between. It's quite thin too making it a good fit for women since most other metallic bands are thicker.

    Add some bling!

    This is a rose gold strap for women that has a shiny strip of faux diamonds in the middle. It suits the new pink iPhone 13 and would look great when paired with other forms of jewelry.

Fashion and Style

The Apple Watch — apart from being a fitness tracker, is also a fashion accessory that you wear on a daily basis. Here are some bands that can improve the look of your Apple Watch and complement your wardrobe.

    Affordable braided solo loop

    Apple unveiled the braided solo loop last year and it was quite an attractive band. However, it's expensive if you buy it straight from Apple. This is a good affordable alternative.

    Stylish and protective

    This strap from i-Blason is quite stylish and looks different from the usual straps. It even comes with a case which protects your Apple Watch against scratches and dents.

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    Another good solo loop option

    If you're not a fan of the braided solo loop, you can get this nylon solo loop which can provide a great deal of comfort like the Apple sports loop without a buckle or velcro.

    For all you ladies out there

    This one's for all the ladies who are a fan of jewellery and bling. You get a silver-colored metallic strap with gemstones studded on it along with a matching case as well that goes around the dial. If you want your wrist to shine, this is the one to get!

    Minimalistic and stealthy

    This is a solo loop made out of silicone so you don't get any adjustment holes. It's comfortable and the matte black color makes it look stealthy and can match with any sort of outfit. Solo loops are the new fad so this band is surely going to add to your style statement.

    Stretchy strap

    This nylon yarn and silicone thread watch band comes in six color options and is compatible with the Apple Watch models. In addition, it features a one-handed adjustable buckle design that is easier to slip on and take off. It's cheap so you can pick up a few colors.

Best Apple Watch Cases

While bands may change the looks of the watch to a certain extent, adding a case can change the way the dial looks and also protect your watch from scratches and dents. Here are some good cases for the Apple Watch that you can pair with any of the bands you like. Some even come with a band attached!

Apple Watch 38mm, 40mm, and 41mm Cases

    Rugged case and band

    If you're a fan of rugged protection and aggressive looks, the Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro is for you. It provides a great deal of protection for your Apple Watch since it's also a case and the band is also durable.

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    Sturdy strap plus case

    This is essentially a case for the Apple Watch that also has straps attached to it. It's a great option if you're looking for something durable and rugged.

    Apple Watch G-Shock edition!

    This strap and case combo makes your Apple Watch look exactly like a G-Shock. It's rugged and has a metallic bumper case that'll protect your Apple Watch.

    Stylish and protective

    This case + strap combo from i-Blason is quite stylish and looks different from the usual straps. The case protects your Apple Watch against scratches and dents while giving it a unique look that stands out.

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    Clear and protective

    This is a clear case that will show off the color of your Apple Watch while providing basic protection against dings and scratches.

    Hard shell

    This is a hard shell that snaps onto the Apple Watch and even comes with a built-in screen protector. It's available in a variety of colors too.

Apple Watch 42mm, 44mm, and 45mm Cases

    Rugged case and band

    If you're a fan of rugged protection and aggressive looks, the Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro is for you. It provides a great deal of protection for your Apple Watch since it's also a case and the band is also durable.

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    Sturdy strap plus case

    This is essentially a case for the Apple Watch that also has straps attached to it. It's a great option if you're looking for something durable and rugged.

    Apple Watch G-Shock edition!

    This strap and case combo makes your Apple Watch look exactly like a G-Shock. It's rugged and has a metallic bumper case that'll protect your Apple Watch.

    Stylish and protective

    This case + strap combo from i-Blason is quite stylish and looks different from the usual straps. The case protects your Apple Watch against scratches and dents while giving it a unique look that stands out.

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    Clear and protective

    This is a clear case that will show off the color of your Apple Watch while providing basic protection against dings and scratches.

    Hard shell

    This is a hard shell that snaps onto the Apple Watch and even comes with a built-in screen protector. It's available in a variety of colors too.

These are some of the best Apple Watch bands you can buy in our opinion. We’ve put together an extensive list to make sure there’s something for everyone based on your needs. If you want a comfortable strap that goes well with everything, we would suggest getting the Apple Watch Sports Loop. If you want something a little more elegant, the Milanese loop is a great option. For rugged protection, the Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro should be your pick, while if you want the best band for sports and activities, you can get the breathable silicone sports band.

    The Apple Watch Series 7 is one of the best smartwatches in the market both in terms of health and fitness tracking as well as the features that it offers.

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Mahmoud Itani
Mahmoud Itani

Mahmoud is an Istanbul-based Beiruti who has always sought freedom through writing. His hobbies include keeping up with tech news, writing articles about Apple devices & services, crocheting, meditating, and composing poetry. You’ll likely find him jogging with his dogs at a park, swimming in open water, brainstorming at a coffeehouse, or merely lost in nature. He can be reached on Twitter @Mahmoudzitani or via [email protected]

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